What is a Domain?

One of the most vital preconditions for having a successful web presence are the domain names. It is what people will observe first when they stumble upon your website and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule consists of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain you desire. Your choice should be built upon the intention of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to denote a specific function - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informational web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra procedures to prove that you qualify to possess such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a TLD is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would sooner buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could boost the visits to your website.

URL Redirection

You can register different domain names, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a particular site such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the possibility of somebody swiping your site visitors by registering the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can substitute the NSs of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across decent shared web hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs instantly.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a specific pair of name servers, all its domain name server records will direct to the same web site hosting company. Some website hosting suppliers, though, allow you to modify specific DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which web hosting server your site is located, whereas the MX records show which server handles the e-mail accounts related to your domain. For instance, if you engage a new site designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may desire to edit solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your email boxes or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux site hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more stable.

Modestly Priced Domains Offered by NTC Hosting

Only a few web site hosting companies enable you to edit given name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With NTC Hosting, you get an extensive collection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all DNS records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no additional charge. Therefore, NTC Hosting would be your best pick when it comes to handling your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the web.

Universal TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.NET (Network) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $11.45 USD $22.90 USD $114.50 USD
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $260.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $280.00 USD $28.00 USD
.NAME (Personal) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.WS (Website) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.WE.BS (Website) $4.50 USD $9.00 USD $45.00 USD $4.50 USD
.NU (NEW) $60.00 USD $300.00 USD $60.00 USD
Country Code TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years Domain
with Hosting
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.AU (Austraila) $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $29.00 USD
.NET.AU (Austraila) $14.50 USD $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $14.50 USD
.EU (European Union) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD
.CO.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ME.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.BE (Belgium) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $9.00 USD $18.00 USD $90.00 USD $9.00 USD
.ES (Spain) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.NL (Netherlands) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.RU (Russia) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD $7.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.NET.NZ (New Zealand) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD $110.00 USD $550.00 USD $55.00 USD
.CO.ZA (South Africa) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $48.00 USD